I got into work this morning to find a carefully wrapped parcel on my desk. I opened it up to find a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Letters from Father Christmas” – a collection of the letters and illustrations that Tolkien produced for his children every year from 1920 to 1943.
Inside is an inscription:
With many thanks for keeping the magic alive, from [my colleague], mother of Hannah and Ellie.”
A nice gesture, I thought. I must admit that I was also rather amused to see that one of Tolkien’s hand-drawn illustrations shows Father Christmas in the kitchen rolling some pastry whilst wearing an apron....